Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mile marker 90.


Please indulge me while I type up this tribute to a favorite vintage person who also happens to be very modern…

She is someone who defines optimism as “…an 80+ year old woman who renews her passport.” (And uses it!)

She’s on Facebook. She’s an email pro and has been for years. 

She knows what in the world airbnb* is and finds it pretty interesting. 

She takes selfies!

Selfie taken while dining on roasted duck & fig crepes from "Planet of the Crepes" food cart

She has a resume that contains the following titles: Award-winning Author, Gourmet Chef, Restaurant Review Writer, Business Owner, and Hotel Social Director.  (There are more. This is just the highlight reel. )


Former Social Director at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel

She found her great love at age 80 and married him.

She is a tireless cheerleader for reconnecting far-flung family members.

She induces anxiety by asking this visiting short order cook to prepare dinner for her. (See previous reference to “Gourmet Chef” and “Restaurant Review Writer.”  Sheer terror, I tell you.)


Celebrating something or another 

She reduces anxiety by introducing visiting short order cooks to Prosecco, Limoncello, and Bellinis.

She shares a rare genetic disorder with yours truly that involves the acquisition of pretty vintage dishes. So many dishes. We can’t be stopped but probably should be.



She appreciates beauty all around her, especially in her home and her garden. 

She dresses so stylishly that someone needs to put her on the pages of Vogue.

She reads my blog, refers to me as a writer and encourages and supports all of my endeavors.

All of this (and much, much more) describes my Auntie Phyllis, who turns 90 today.

I would love and appreciate it so much if you would please wish her a “Happy Birthday” in the comments below.  Thank you.  


Photo borrowed from her Facebook page 

Ninety!  Love you, Auntie!  xo

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39 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Auntie Phyllis! If you are ever in need of another niece, I'm your gal!

    ~Erica

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  2. Happy Birthday Auntie Phyllis!! Many more for you!! Love your niece's designs and blog. She has many of your talents.

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  3. Such a sweet post, Amy! Happy Birthday Auntie Phyllis!

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  4. Happy birthday, many happy returns of the day!! From Belgium with love, looks like you are an amazing one of a kind Lady.

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  5. Happy Birthday to the woman who lives life to it's fullest.
    Sheryl

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  6. Happy B-day, Auntie Phyllis!!

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  7. Wishing your Aunt a very Happy Birthday! What a lovely birthday tribute. Hope for many more exciting years ahead!

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  8. What a gem she is! Happy, happy 90th birthday to you Auntie Phyllis. I hope I'm still going strong like you when I reach 90.

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  9. Wishing Auntie Phyllis a very Happy 90th Birthday. She sounds like a wonderful person and your tribute to her is very touching and full of love.

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  10. Wishing Auntie Phyllis the happiest of birthdays. What a gift to have such an inspirational family member. She sounds like such a treasure! Thank you for sharing a special part of your world in such a lovely way. May the year ahead be filled with all the things you love including a little or a lot of vintage china!

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  11. What an inspiration! Wishing Auntie Phyllis a very happy birthday!

    Stacy DeFoe

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  12. Happy Birthday Phyllis! Hope to see you in Portland soon - it's been too long!

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  13. Happy Birthday Auntie Phyllis! I hope your day starts and ends with a Bellini and a selfie. What a delightful person to e-meet. Have a terrific celebration.

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  14. Buon Compleanno! Guido (Cindy's husband)

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  15. Phyillis, you sound like a gal I'd like to know. :) Happiest of Birthday wishes to you!

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  16. What a delightful and accomplished woman...Happy birthday to you!
    Amy's friend, Pam

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  17. Hubba Hubba – What a Beauty – Happy Birthday Phyllis!!

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  18. Happy Birthday Auntie Phyllis! From Amy's friend Kate

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  19. Happy Birthday Auntie I hope to follow your footsteps!

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  20. Happy birthday to Aunite Phyllis!

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  21. Happy Birthday Auntie Phyllis! You sound like a gem of an aunt and hope you have many more birthdays to celebrate. (keep encouraging that Amy...she is a my junking sidekick and her talent and fun know no bounds)
    Happy Day!

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  22. Happy birthday, Auntie Phyllis! I wish you many more!

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  23. Happy Birthday Auntie Phyllis! Amy needs to get you a vintage tiara to wear. You're awesome!

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  24. Wishing you a very happy birthday, Auntie Phyllis!!

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  25. Happiest of Birthdays Auntie Phyllis, and pure respect for you taking selfies!

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  26. Happy Awesome Birthday Auntie Phyllis! You are an inspiration, and I want to be you when I grow up! Cheers!

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  27. Happy birthday, Aunt Phyllis! I want to be like you!

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  28. Happy Birthday Auntie Phyllis!!

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  29. Thank you for making our world brighter...many happy returns, Aunt Phyllis

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  30. Happiest of Birthdays to you Auntie Phyllis! I hope you had a beautiful day!
    ~Michelle~

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  31. A few days late but just as sincere...Happy Birthday to your Aunt Phyllis!!! She sounds totally AWESOME!!!
    Malinda in Mississippi

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  32. what a truly lovely post about a truly lovely and inspiring gal! happiest birthday wishes and so many more!

    xo
    elyse

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  33. Happy birthday Aunt Phyllis! 90? You look and act like 60! Wishing you many more!

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  34. What!? I left a comment from my iPhone (on way home from Oregon.....and I don't see it...) so.....please accept my lack of rechecking my electronic burps....

    So....A very happy happy belated birthday to Auntie Phyllis. What a beautiful woman - and quite stylish! Keep doing whatever you are doing because you look wonderful! And MIss A., you are have great genes, you are so pretty!

    Love you!

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  35. Better late than never. Sending birthday wishes to a very remarkable woman. You go girl!

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  36. I am late to this party but HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Aunt Phyllis! After reading this post, I find myself fervently wishing I had an Aunt Phyllis. Hope the day was as magical as you!

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